Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated following key freight sector initiatives today i.e. 02 March 17 at National Rail Museum, New Delhi:-
1. Policy of ‘Long Term Contracts’ with major customers.
2. Indian Railways Freight and Passenger Business Action Plan -2017-18.
3. Confirmation trial of Double stack Dwarf Container Train under wire- a New Delivery Model.
4. The demonstration run of Ro-Ro (Roll on – Roll off) service across the National Capital Region- A Pilot project of Indian railways for ‘ Green Transportation’ – to reduce road congestion and improve environment.
The Indian Railways Freight and Passenger Business Action Plan 2017-18 includes initiatives in the passenger, freight and non-fare revenue segments. It has lined up a new long-term contract for major freight customers, which will provide assured cargo for the national carrier and also dedicated rakes for customers. To avail of this contract, customers should offer to despatch at least one million tonnes per annum, and incremental volumes and customer-based freight revenue will get discounts ranging from 1.5 to 35 per cent. The major initiatives in the freight segment include revamping goods sheds, introducing RORO facilities nationwide, and coming up with roadrailer facilities, 100 new freight terminals under Mission 100, long-term contracts with freight customers, rationalising weighing policy, introducing timetabled trains and procuring specialised rolling stock for sectors like automobiles. To improve the safety of coaches, another 2,300 German-made Linke-Hofmann-Busch coaches will be rolled out in 2017-18. Currently, the Indian Railways uses integral coach factory coaches, which do not have anti-climbing technology.